Pamela Nagley Stevenson

Pamela Nagley Stevenson
Photo credits to Jeremy Addington

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pamela Nagley Stevenson pursued ceramic studies at Punahou School and University of Hawaii, USA, University of Victoria, BC, and Banff Center for the Arts, AB, Canada. She works as a potter, creating wheel-thrown porcelain vessels and sculpture, and has lived in the Slocan Valley of BC with her family since 1976.

In addition to her studio practice, she has worked as an instructor of ceramic history and studio courses at Kootenay School of the Arts, Selkirk College, Nelson, BC, from 1993 to 2013. The scope of her career has continued to expand through travel and study of world ceramic traditions. Her work has been exhibited at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver, the Whyte Museum in Banff Alberta and numerous public galleries of BC.

After building her first wood-kiln in 2000, firings were often shared with classes of her students. In 2008 she constructed a much larger two chamber wood-fired soda-kiln with the assistance of friends. The traditional art of firing is a team effort, and the resulting enrichment of surfaces marked by flame and atmosphere has become a vital aspect of her ceramic aesthetic.

Visit Pamela’s webpage at http://www.pamelanagleystevenson.com/

True Love Flagon & True Spirits Flagon by Pamela Nagley Stevenson
Istanbul, Imbibe by Pamela Nagley Stevenson
ISTANBUL, Holy Grail from IMBIBE: Vessels of Illumination 2014 by Pamela Nagley Stevenson

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2007
Workshop – Gail Nichols, Soda Firing. Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.
2006
Workshop – Mark Hewett. Shadbolt Center, Burnaby, BC.
2005
Workshop/Ombu wood-firing – Linda Christianson. Shadbolt Center, Burnaby, BC.
2004
Workshop – Linda Sikora & Matthew Metz. Shadbolt Center, Burnaby, BC.
2001
Workshop – BruceCochrane, Shadbolt Center. Burnaby, BC.
1999 – 92
Independent study and short term residencies. Banff Center. Banff, AB
1997
Workshop – Anagama firing. Linda Christianson. Malaspina College. Nanaimo, BC.
1992
Workshop – John Gill. Potter’s Guild of BC. Vancouver, BC.
1990 – 89
Short residencies & Noborigama wood firings. Banff Centre. Banff, AB.
1986
Workshop – Mick Casson & Jim Makins. Banff Center. Banff, AB.
1986
Workshop – Marcia Morse. Temari Institute of Asian Arts. Honolulu, HI.
1985
Workshop – Wayne Ngan & Water Keeler. Banff Center. Banff, AB
1982
Workshop – John Chalke & Robin Hopper. David Thompson Univ. Nelson, BC.
1982
Workshop – Joe Fafard & Don Hutchenson. David Thompson Univ. Nelson, BC.
1980
Workshop – Peter Voulkos. Univ. of Hawaii. Honolulu, HI.
1977
Workshop – John Porter. Okanagan College. Vernon, BC.
1973-71
Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting. University of Victoria. Victoria, BC.
1971-70
Ceramics Major – Claude Horan. University of Hawaii. Honolulu, HI.
Fatehpur Sikri Imbibe by Pamela Nagley Stevenson
FATHEHPUR SIKRI: Cup from IMBIBE: Vessels of Illumination 2014 by Pamela Nagley Stevenson
CanCouncilRes by Pamela Nagley Stevenson
Well Springs of Wonder Flagon & Well Springs of Grace Flagon by Pamela Nagley Stevenson

Selected Honors/Awards/Grants

2013
Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Major Project Grant Program 6
2002
Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance – Short Project Grant.
1995
Jurors Award. Valley Best. Silverton Public Art Gallery. Silverton, BC.
1994
Honorable Mention. Regional Juried Exhibition. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC.
1986
Honorable Mention. Regional Juried Exhibition, Nelson Art Gallery, Nelson BC.
1990
Honorable Mention. Regional Juried Exhibition, Langham Gallery. Kaslo, BC.
1986
BC Provincial Art Collection. Victoria, BC.
1978
1st & 2nd Prize. Kootenay Festival of the Arts. Nelson Museum. Nelson, BC.
1973
1st Prize. BC Craftsman’s Show. Burnaby Art Gallery. Burnaby, BC.

Teaching Experience

2013 -1985
Instructor. Kootenay School of the Arts. Nelson, BC.
2002
Lecture/Demo – Canadian Clay Symposium. Shadbolt Center, Burnaby, BC.
1998
Instructor – Wood firing. Banff Center. Banff, AB.
1982
Instructor – Kootenay Lake Summer School of the Arts. Nelson, BC.
1991
Instructor – The Old School House Center for the Arts. Courtenay, BC.
1984
Instructor – Kelowna Potters Guild. Kelowna, BC.
1982
Instructor – Trail Potter’s Guild. Trail, BC.
1975-74
Instructor – Okanagan College. Vernon, BC.
1973-72
Instructor – Pacific Ceramic Studio. Victoria, BC.
Pamela Nagley Stevenson
Firing the Kiln
Pamela Nagley Stevenson
White Heat from Wood Heat

Selected Exhibitions

2014
“Trial by Fire”. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC. (2-Person Invitational).
2011
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC/ Grand Forks, BC.
2009
“Matter of Clay II”. Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery. London, ON. (Group)
2008
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Nelson Public Art Gallery. Nelson, BC.
2007
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Nelson Public Art Gallery. Nelson, BC.
2007
“Teapots: No Drips Allowed”. Jonathon Bancroft Snell. London, ON. (Invitational)
2005
“BC Potters Guild Tajimi Exchange”. Vancouver, BC. & Tajimi, Japan. (Juried)
2005
“50th Invitational”. Gallery of BC Ceramics. Vancouver, BC. (Group)
2005
“Fire Women”. Seymour Art Gallery. North Vancouver, BC. (Invitational).
2004
“World Tea Party”. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Victoria, BC. (Invitational)
2002
“A Matter of Clay I”. Jonathon Bancroff Snell Gallery. London, ON. (Group)
2002
“In Praise of Hands”. Gallery of BC Ceramics. Vancouver, BC. (Invitational)
2004
“Devotion’s Fire”. Mermaid Gallery. Nelson, BC. (Solo)
2002
“In Praise of Hands II”. Gallery of BC Ceramics. Vancouver, BC. (Invitational)
2000
“Defining Space”. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC. (Group)
1999
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Glacier Gallery. Nelson, BC.
1998
“Fire in the Heart”. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC. (Solo)
1997
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Nelson Centennial Gallery. Nelson, BC.
1995
“Clay in Canada”. NCECA. Minneapolis, MN. (Invitational)
1995
“High Tea”. Craft House Gallery. Vancouver, BC. (Invitational)
1995
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC.
1995
Kootenay Regional Juried Exhibition. Silverton Public Gallery. Silverton, BC.
1994
KSA Faculty Exhibition. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC.
1993
“Made by Hand II”. Canadian Craft Museum. Vancouver, BC. (Juried/Toured Canada)
1993
“Kootenay Crafts ‘93”. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC. (Juried)
1992
“Return to Exceptional Pass”. Whyte Museum. Banff, AB. (Invitational)
1992
“Teapot Invitational”. Circle Craft Gallery. Vancouver, BC. (Group)
1992
“A Kootenay Group”. Gallery of BC Ceramics. Vancouver, BC. (Invitational)
1990
“Tea at the Whyte”. Whyte Museum. Banff, AB. (Group Invitational)
1990
Kootenay Regional Juried Exhibition. Langham Gallery. Kaslo, BC.
1989
BC Festival of the Arts Exhibition. Chilliwack Gallery. Chilliwack, BC. (Juried)
1988
“Images & Objects”. BC Festival of the Arts. Kimberly, BC. (Juried)
1988
Kootenay Regional Juried Exhibition. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC.
1987-85
“A Show of Hands”. National Touring Exhibition. (Juried).
1987
“Myth, Magic, Mischief”. Kootenay Gallery. Castlegar, BC. (2-Person Invitational).
1986
Kootenay Regional Juried Exhibition. Nelson Museum. Nelson, BC.
1985
“The Myth of Exceptional Pass”. Whyte Museum. Banff, AB. (Juried)
1985
“Made by Hand,” Canadian Craft Museum. Vancouver, BC. (Juried)
1982
The Potter’s Wheel Gallery. Victoria, BC. (Solo)
1981
“Kootenay Crafts ‘81”. Toured Public Galleries of BC. (Juried)
1981
“Ceramics ’81”. Cartwright Gallery. Vancouver, BC. (Juried)
1978
Kootenay Festival of the Arts. David Thompson Univ. Nelson, BC. (Juried)
1976
“Okanagan Image”. Touring Public Galleries of BC. (Juried)
1973
BC Craftsman’s Show. Burnaby Art Gallery. Burnaby, BC. (Juried)
1972
The Potter’s Wheel Gallery. Victoria, BC. (Solo)

Professional Experience

2008
Built 72 cubic foot, two chamber Noborigama wood-soda kiln at my studio.
2003
“Beyond Borders Craft Marketing Conference”. Nelson, BC.
2001
Studio Coordinator. Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College. Nelson, BC.
2000
Built 16 cubic foot wood-fired kiln at my studio
2000 – 96
Instructional Council. Kootenay School of the Arts. Nelson, BC.
1998 – 88
Firing assistant – Noborigama wood firings. Stephen Cooke Studio. Hills, BC.
1988 – 83
Board member. Kootenay Boundary Artist Alliance. Nelson, BC.
1976
Established studio in Winlaw, BC.
1973
Opened studio & partnership in Soul Catcher Gallery, Victoria, BC.

Media/Catalogues

2013
500 Teapots. Lark Books. Asheville, NC.
2012
Review Article, The Log Book. Issue 48. Sanderson-Minogue. Scariff, IRE.
2004
Making Marks. Robin Hopper. Krause publications. Iola, WI.
2004
Feature Article. The Log Book. Issue 17. Sanderson-Minogue. Scariff, IRE.
2004
World Tea Party: Catalogue. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Victoria, BC.
2003
Article. Artichoke Magazine. Vol. 15, #3. Vancouver, BC.
2002
A Matter of Clay. Toronto Star. August. Toronto, ON.
1998
Made of Clay: Potters Guild of BC. Pub. by Douglas & McIntyre. Vancouver, BC.
1993
Made by Hand – Catalogue. Canadian Craft Museum. Vancouver, BC.
1992
Return to Exceptional Pass – Catalogue. Whyte Museum. Banff, BC.
1988
Article – Fire In The Heart. Nelson Daily News. August, Nelson BC.
1985
Myth of Exceptional Pass – catalogue. Whyte Museum. Banff, BC.
1983
Artisan. Published by the Kootenay Boundary Artisans’ Alliance. Nelson, BC.
1981
Illustrated Directory of BC Craft. Crafts Assoc. of BC. Vancouver, BC.
1976
A Catalogue of BC Potters. Published by Bob Kingsmill. Vancouver, BC.

Professional Organizations

  • Potter’s Guild of BC
  • CCBC
  • NCECA
  • Slocan Valley Arts Council